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VOLUME 37, NUMBER 9 • MARCH 4, 2014

Latest CAO chapter coming March 5 By Steve Wehrly Journal reporter

Another chapter in the seemingly unending Critical Areas Ordinance update process is reaching a conclusion. The San Juan County Council is scheduled to complete the current installment at a March 5 special meeting. But this

chapter is far from the end of the story. At a Feb. 25 public hearing, the council considered 26 amendments to three of four critical areas ordinances originally passed in late 2012, which were intended to bring the environmental and construction permitting regulations into compliance with the state Growth

Thrift Shop Grant Application March 1-31 Non-profit, 501(c)(3), organizations on Lopez Island interested in receiving a grant from Lopez Thrift Shop is invited to submit an application. The application packets will be available at the Lopez Thrift Shop and Lopez Library beginning March 1 and must be submitted by March 31, 2014.

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10th Annual Festival of One-Act Plays

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Management Act. “All of us have reservations about the CAO, but we have worked together and we have been able to approve options provided by the planning commission that will put the county in compliance,” SJC Council Chairman Rick Hughes said. An “update” of four critical areas regulations was originally required by the GMA to be completed by 2006, but procedural and substantive impediments delayed completion until 2012. The council’s 2012 enactments were then appealed to the Growth Management Hearings Board in early 2013 by property rights advocates and environmentalists. A September 2013 decision by the board essentially upheld objections advanced by the Friends of the San Juans that the critical areas ordinances failed to comply with the GMA in nine respects. Contentions advanced by the Common Sense Alliance and other property rights advocates were rejected by the board. Both the Alliance and Friends of the San Juans

have appealed the hearings board decision in San Juan County Superior Court. That action is under consideration by Judge Don Eaton, and further appeals could still be pursued in the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. In addition, any party or the county can bring additional legal action in response to the decision by the Hearings Board regarding the amendments expected to be passed on March 5. The revisions now under consideration by the council address a range of noncompliance issues identified by the hearings board, which in its order in September 2013 required the county to respond by passing amendments by March 5. The council also extended the date of the critical areas ordinances go into effect several times, now set for March 31. The amendments under consideration deal with several contentious issues for protecting critical areas, including the definition of “development,” exemptions for utilities, protection of “functions and values” from development in Fish and Wildlife Habitat Critical

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Areas, and wetland protection rating-system categories and water quality buffers. The most far-reaching amendment abandons the complex, site-specific 13-category wetland and water quality rating system devised by the county in the 2012 and substitutes a four-category rating system developed by the Washington state Department of Ecology. The rating system is used to determine water quality buffers and habitat buffers, and requires landowners to use a “qualified professional” - a paid water-quality consultant - to establish the applicable wetland rating category and buffers. Friends’ attorney Kyle Loring believes the council “in general took steps to address concerns expressed in the growth board’s decision but we will look closely at provisions, such as the expanded utility exemption, and we may still express any disappointments we have to the growth board.” Councilman Hughes said the proposed amendments will satisfy the hearings board, but he’s prepared to revisit the ordinances if the board or the courts require further changes. Councilman Jamie Stephens said: “it was not an easy task to keep the focus” on complying with the hear-

ings board, but he agrees with Hughes that “when it’s implemented, we’ll find out what works and doesn’t work, and make necessary changes.” Councilman Bob Jarman, just back from a hospital stay with a difficult staph infection, joined his colleagues in asking for future changes. “I still feel the CAO is anti-development and needs further work,” Jarman said. “As Tom Starr said, what is the problem we’re trying to fix? We need to finish these amendments for the hearings review board now, but someday we need to come back to these ordinances and take one item at a time and correct it.” After receiving the county’s report regarding compliance with the Sept. 2013 order, the hearings board will accept objections to the amendments and responses to those objections. The board will convene another hearing, set for April 24, to determine whether the amendments comply with the September 2013 order. Further action by the county may be required by the board, and further appeals to the superior court can be pursued. Final wrap-up of superior court legal actions, plus appeals, may be several years in the future.

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SAT • MARCH 8 • WOODMEN HALL 2 PM • Texas Swing Workshop $15/$20 • PRE-REGISTER www.lifrc.org

7:30 PM • Concert with dancing room! $15 Adults • Youth $10, 18 + under • AT THE DOOR Benefit LI Family Resource Center and Lopez Senior Services

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How to Get 25 New Customers day 1 and Online Marketing Made Simple day 2. Take both or just one class. You’ll be inspired! Instructor: James Dunn. Meets 3/22 & 3/23 Registration required. Early bird discounts! Details at www.lifrc.org or call 468-4117

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To Ronnie Lopez, Jeff Nichols, Vaughan Williams, and the intrepid golfers of the Soggy Bottom Golf Tournament. Your generosity allows us to help our Lopezian neighbors in need, and is much appreciated. Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support


Community Calendar WEDS, MARCH 4 CLASSES: Create a Website or Blog with WordPress, Also runsThurs. March 6, & Thurs. March 13, 5:307:30 p.m, Family Resource Center. Learn from Adrienne Adams how to create your own blog or website for personal or business use.  For more information, call LIFRC at 468-4117 or go to www. lifrc.org.

WEDS, MARCH 5 MEETING: The Lopez Artist Guild, 7 - 9 p.m., Lopez Library Meeting Room. A short business meeting will be followed by Steve Horn speaking on “Tips for Documenting Art Work Through Photography” and Sara Waugh will talk abou her LAG Grant. New members welcome.

THURS, MARCH 6 MEETING: Caregiver Support, 1 p.m. at the Lopez Island Hospice & Home Support office, 178 Weeks Road.  For more information, call 468-4446.  All are welcome. SAT, MARCH 8 ART: Opening reception for guest artists Polly Ham and Steve Horn, 5 - 7 p.m., Chimera Gallery. Ham’s work will feature animal sculpture in clay and papier-mâché plus work in porcelain. Horn will show a mix of Lopez and Europe photographs. CLASSES: One-on-One Business Consultants,(one hour sessions),  Family Resource Center. Meet with our popular busi-

ness coach, Brian Jaeger, to strategize ways to move your business forward. To sign up, call LIFRC at 4684117 or visit www.lifrc.org. MUSIC: JP and the OK Rhythm Boys Workshops, 2 p.m., Woodmen Hall. Workshops in fiddle, guitar and ukulele, $15, preregister at www.lifrc. org. Concert at 7:30, $15 adults and $10 for 18 and under at the door. Benefit for LIFRC summer music camp and Lopez Senior Services.

THURS, MARCH 13 MEETING: The Lopez Island Garden Club, Coffee & Goodies at 9:30 a.m., the meeting begins at 10 a.m., Woodmen Hall on Fisherman Bay Road. This

month in lieu of a speaker we’re inviting all Lopez gardeners to bring their best ‘top secret’ garden tool, book, plant, or project to share with others. In return you’ll get lots of great tried and true ideas from fellow Lopezians.

MARCH 14,15 & 22 LESSONS: Free golf lessons for kids 12 - 18,  8:30 a.m. - noon, Lopez Island Golf Club. Steve Nightingale will instruct. Sign up with Richard Tetu at Lopez Island High School or contact Joyce Kruithof at 468-4992. SAT, MARCH 22 EVENT: Contra Dance, 7:30 a.m., Lopez Center. Live

French Canadian music to dance to. Playing the dance is Les Trois Capitaines (Devon Leger on fiddle & feet, Eric Schlorff on accordian, harmonica & feet, and Clyde Curley on guitar), Carol Piening will be teaching and calling all of the dances. No partner needed and alll ages are welcome.

THURS, MARCH 27 FOOD: Evening Meal, 5:30 - 7 p.m., Lopez School MultiPurpose Room. Lopez Locavores invites the community to celebrate spring with a delicious meal made with  fresh, organic Lopez grown food.  Pay what you can.

Events to recognize 25th Anniversary of Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Submitted by the San Juans Alliance

On March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez (a 984-foot long tanker) struck a reef in Prince William Sound, spilling more than 11 million gallons (about 17 Olympic-sized

swimming pools) of crude oil. Despite containment efforts, the oil coated 1,300 miles of coastline (over three times of all combined coastlines in San Juan County), and covered an area about 25 times the area of San Juan

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County waters. 25 years later, an estimated 20,000 gallons of Valdez crude oil is still in Alaska’s sand and soil. The tragic ripples of ecological and economic devastation are still being felt today; several marine species and commercial fishing are still recovering or have yet to recover from the spill. According to the San Juans Alliance, the waters surrounding San Juan County could become one of North What’s the buzz about?!

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America’s busiest fossil fuel trans-shipment corridors. In 2010 there were 10,000 deep draft vessel transits through the Strait of Juan de Fuca. With new and expanded projects in Canada and Washington, 2,620 additional deep draft vessel transits are proposed per year. There are various events in San Juan County to recognize the 25th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. The lecture “Our Islands at Risk: Increased Vessel Traffic and Increased Risk of a Major Oil Spill” is Friday, March 14, 7-8:30 p.m. at Lopez Center Learn about what would happen in the event of a major oil spill. Gary Shigenaka, a

marine biologist for NOAA, who specializes in marine life studies during oil spills, will talk about how various cargo and propulsion oils would likely behave if spilled in our marine environment. Julie Knight, director of Islands Oil Spill Association will talk about local spill response preparedness. The movie “Black Wave: The Legacy of the Exxon Valdez” is Monday, March 24, 7 p.m. at the Lopez Library. The event is sponsored by the San Juans Alliance and Lopez Library is co-sponsoring. You can also look for “drift cards.” Drift card drops co-sponsored by Friends of the

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San Juans, Georgia Straits Alliance and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation On March 24, the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill, a drift card drop will simulate what would happen if a spill occurred in Turn Point/Arachne Reef in Boundary Pass and, Bird Rocks in Rosario Strait. People who find drift cards can report the location where they were found at www.salishseaspillmap.org or call 360-378-2319. – San Juans Alliance is concerned about the impacts to our economy and our environment from the transport of fossil fuels through the Salish Sea.

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Salmon in the San Juans? One and done for the rest of winter fishing season Contributed photo

The daily catch limit for salmon in Marine Area 7, which encompasses the San Juan Islands, has been reduced from two to one beginning Monday, Feb. 24., through the end of April.

Anglers fishing in the San Juans are now limited to one salmon per day through the rest of the winter season, which closes April 30. The catch-limit for salmon in the San Juans, also known as Marine Area 7,

was reduced from two to one per day, beginning Monday, Feb. 24, to control the fishery’s impact on stocks of concern, according to the Washington state Department of Fish & Wildlife.

“Nice weather and calm days on the water have led to a productive winter salmon season for anglers fishing in the San Juan Islands,” WDFW’s Ryan Lothrop, a fish biologist, said in a department press release.

According to preliminar y estimates by WDFW, anglers had kept or released 4,572 chinook salmon in Marine Area 7, as of Feb. 16. Lothrop said the new catch limit will ensure compliance with conservation objectives and state-tribal management plans in Puget

Sound. Fish & Wildlife will continue to monitor the fishery in Marine Area 7 through April 30, when it is scheduled to close. Anglers fishing in Marine Area 7 must release any chinook not specifically marked with a clipped adipose fin, sign of a hatchery fish. However, since some released wild chinook do not sur vive, they are counted toward

the management guideline of 4,888 total encounters with legal-size chinook during the fishery. Bellingham Bay and Samish Bay will be closed to salmon fishing for the month of April. Anglers can check for updates on WDFW’s Fishing Hotline (360-902-2500), or the department’s website, at http://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/regulations/.

Guest Column

Ferries, keep us informed Submitted by the San concern that ferries is not Juan County Ferry Advisory financially sustainable. What we may not have Committee. Most of us in the islands understood, until now, is are concerned about the that he was talking about ongoing problems with the exactly the situation we Sealth, one of three main- find ourselves in, with one land ferries, which is under- boat out of service and no going lengthy repairs in adequate replacements available. Anacortes. FAC and ferries are very Cancellations and late sailings have given rise to a aware of the frustration stemming from the Sealth great deal of frustration. There is a tendency to issue. We’ve been in contact blame Washington State with George Capacci (depuFerries for not solving ty chief and head of operathe problems quicker, or tions and capital) almost at least providing another daily. Ferries is doing everyboat that could substitute thing possible, the problem for the Sealth in the mean- is that there aren’t a lot of options. time. The problem with the Each time Washington State Ferries visits the Sealth is a very infrequent islands for their semiannu- steering failure at one end al public meetings, we’ve of the vessel. Tracking down the cause heard David Moseley San Juan County andRepublicans fixing it has turned into (assistant secretar y and Invite Youthe To a frustrating exercise. The head of ferries) repeat

engineers and contractors have replaced all of the hydraulics and thought the problem was fixed, only to find that it failed once again. They are now going through the electrical control system, part by part, testing and replacing. No one knows how long this will last. It is important to understand that WSF has only one spare boat, the 34-car Hiyu. It was brought up to replace the Evergreen State, which in turn has replaced the Sealth. So we have the full vessel complement for the current schedule, just smaller vessels and in one case slower. But that’s a whole lot better than being short a boat. The bulletins regarding reduced speed and delays have hopefully provided the opportunity to make

adjustments. That was one thing we stressed to ferries: keep folks informed.

March Madness Open an Islands Connection Checking and Savings Account between March 3rd and March 31st and you will be entered into our sweepstakes to receive $500.* *$100 initial deposit is required for both Islands Connection Checking and Savings Account. An excess transaction charge of $3 per item will be assessed for any transaction exceeding six transfers from your savings account each statement cycle. Minimum monthly transfer of $25 is required. Customers that currently have a connection checking/savings product will automatically receive one (1) sweepstakes entry. Employees of Islanders Bank, its affiliates, and subsidiaries are not eligible for this offer. No purchase necessary to enter. To enter manually, submit your name, address, and home telephone number to any Islanders Bank Branch listed below. All entries must be received by March 31, 2014. Winner will be determined by a random drawing conducted on April 4, 2014.

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Letters

to the Editor

Reliable ferry service rests with legislators in Olympia

(Below is an open letter to Washington state senators by Friday Harbor Mayor Carrie Lacher, seeking support on a bill that would help fund construction of a new ferry). Dear Senator: As mayor of a ferrydependent community, I am asking for your support of SHB1129. The economy of Friday Harbor, San Juan Island depends on reliable ferries for tourism, laborers, students, and the very necessities of life. The San Juan

Islands are among the top three state tourism draws and therefore a top tax source. We’re currently experiencing our fourth week of ferry breakdown disruptions. In January, we had two of the four boats that serve the San Juan Islands out of service at the same time. In order to continue to draw visitors, we need appropriate funding to ensure reliable service and clean, dependable boats. As you may be aware, the average age of the fleet currently serving the San Juan Islands is 47 years. The state legislature has mandated the implementa-

Letters to the editor must be no more than 350 words in length and must be signed by the writer. Include address and telephone number for verification purposes. Anonymous letters will not be published. Send your letters via e-mail to: cbagby@islandsweekly.com.

tion of a system-wide ferry reservations system. While there are many nuances still to be worked out, breakdowns will most certainly have severe negative impacts to a reservation system, especially when someone has made their reservation weeks or months in advance or has a medical issue. A reservation system requires reliable boats. The third Olympic Class boat, which needs to be built anyway, will cost 10-20 percent less if built now in sequence. Funding this planned boat at a later date will only result in additional, unnecessary costs. In the interests of fiscal responsibility and the eco-

nomic health and sustainability of our town, county, and state, I urge you to vote “yes” on SHB1129. MAYOR CARRIE LACHER Town of Friday Harbor

Senator emails: jan.angel@leg.wa.gov barbara.bailey@leg. wa.gov rodney.tom@leg.wa.gov mark.schoesler@leg. wa.gov sharon.nelson@leg. wa.gov timothy.sheldon@leg. wa.gov br uce.dammeier@leg. wa.gov mike.hewitt@leg.wa.gov jim.hargrove@leg.wa.gov andy.hill@leg.wa.gov

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Exxon Valdez-like spills happening here? 25 years ago, the Exxon Valdez hit a reef and leaked oil that covered an area 25 times the size of San Juan County waters, devastating the Alaskan ecology and economy. To this day, the spilled oil still remains in Alaskan soil. Many species and commercial fishing in Prince William Sound have yet to recover fully. Can such a nightmare happen to us here in the Salish Sea? Potentially, and the risk is increasing. Each year 10,000 large ships and tankers traverse the tricky waters surrounding the San Juan islands. As the dirty energy industry races to push our climate to the brink and extract coal out of Montana and Wyoming, Bakken shale oil out of North Dakota and tar sands oil out of Alberta, these fossil fuels destined for export to Asia are unfortunately converging around the Salish Sea. The proposed coal terminal at Cherry Point is just one example; there are many more. The expansion of Trans Mountain pipelines in B.C. alone will add 400 tankers per year. Whether one believes in statistics or luck, when many massive ships loaded with dangerous fossil fuel cargo try to criss-cross around each other and the 450 islands and rocks that are the San Juan Island

archipelago, the situation is like a potential ticking time bomb of Exxon Valdez proportion or possibly worse. So how prepared are we to handle a major oil spill? Can heavy tar sands oil be contained if it sinks? Who would we call to seek help if spilled oil reaches our favorite beaches or property? Who pays for resulting damages and economic losses? To help answer these questions, I encourage all to attend a lecture by leading experts on  Friday March 14, 7 p.m. at the Lopez Center, and watch the award-winning film “Black Wave: the legacy of the Exxon Valdez” at the Lopez Library on  Monday March 24, 7 p.m. Also watch for drift cards simulating oil spills that may drift to you after March 24. Remember the Exxon Valdez; lest it be repeated. CHOM GREACEN Lopez Island

Criticism over CAO I vigorously oppose the Feb. 11 unilateral passage by Councilmen Hughes and Stephens of an amendment to the Critical Areas Ordinance that would increase a so-called fish and wildlife habitat critical habitat area – the shoreline – from 110 feet to 200 feet. These councilmen have failed to scientifically justify their amendment in terms of the concepts of “essential nexus” and “rough proportionality” which have been found by the United States Supreme Court to mean SEE LETTERS, PAGE 5

Sudoku Fill in the blank cells using numbers 1 to 9. Each number can appear only once in each row, column, and 3x3 block. Use logic and process of elimination to solve the puzzle. The difficulty ranges from 1-5 (easy) 6-10 (moderate) and 11-15 (hard). Today’s puzzle is level 9. Sudoku and Crossword answers on page 8


Spring Street Landing rebuild Port of Friday Harbor Commissioners are knee-deep in numbers and concepts as they figure out the whats, whys and hows of the Spring Street Landing redevelopment project. Pride in the project and Port Commission’s desire for public participation in the decision-making process have led to release of more information about the buildings and more images of design and site plans for public perusal. “We want to hear from you,” said Commissioner Greg Hertel, referring to the commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 26. Another public meeting for review of near-final drawings is planned for sometime in March. All three commissioners confirm a “broad-brush ballpark estimate” of $4 million for construction of buildings to replace

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that there must be a nexus between an identified problem (e.g. pollution) and a proposed solution (buffers); and that the proposed solution imposed by a government must be roughly proportional to the extent of the impact of the identified problem. Not only does Councilmen Hughes’ and Stephens’ amendment fly in the face of the Supreme Court’s determination, but it also flies in the face of common sense and basic logic. It implicitly assumes that every single property, whether no bank, low bank, or high bank; whether it extends a short distance from mean high water or a great distance from mean high water; regardless of its soil characteristics; whether or not it has been definitively shown on a case-by-case basis to pose a risk to biota in immediately adjacent nearshore waters, deserves the exact same degree of buffer protection. The public money that this unimaginative and indefensible one-size-fits-all position might save in its administration will be offset by the cost of litigation by unjustifiably and unfairly regulated property owners as well as by an unnecessary reduction in the property tax base which will result from unjustifiably devalued shoreline properties. The first time that I heard of Councilmen Hughes’ and Stephens’ amendment (which I understand was passed without the courtesy of including Councilman Jarman) was from a nonprofit public interest group. I still have not been notified of the amendments or

the burned out building formerly occupied by Downriggers Restaurant and three other businesses. At the Feb. 6 public meeting, architect Peter Brachvogel of BC&J architects unveiled a two-building package having roughly 1,000 square feet more than the previous structure. The main building would have an upper level restaurant of about 4,000 square feet, plus a considerably larger deck to offer customers more outdoor dining space. The lower level commercial space would also have about 4,000 square feet, which could be enough space for a fourth commercial tenant. The second, smaller building would be about 600 square feet, probably sufficient for one water sports tenant. Between six and 16 underground parking spaces would be provided.

the Feb. 25 meeting from anyone on the San Juan County staff, although I have explicitly requested to be on the e-mail distribution list for all such matters. BRUCE BAKER San Juan Island

What is the “American Way of Life” to you? Comfy home, good health care, freedom to worship as you please, good schools and a safe community? Is there a feeling of pride when we declare we are American? Do we appreciate the liber ties we have as Americans? There is an American Spirit, a way of honor in our DNA. We are driven to hard work, pride and compassion. San Juan County Republicans will spend 2014 concentrating on elections and ballot issues protecting our American Way of Life. San Juan County Republicans will host Reagan Weekend Events March 7 and 8 on San Juan Island, Orcas Island and Lopez Island. Bill Br yant, Seattle Port Commissioner will speak on “What American Liberty Really Means”. Other WSRP leaders will be attending including Vice Chair Luanne VanWerven, National Committee Woman Fredi Simpson, National Committee Man Jeff Kent and Snohomish County State Committee Man Jim Donner. Plans for 2014-2016 election cycles will be discussed while enjoying good food and fun. Reagan Weekend events: • Friday, March 7 at

5 p.m: Speaker Bill Br yant, Seattle Por t Commissioner, “What American Liberty Really Means.” Includes dinner, speaker, silent auction, dessert auction, histor y trivia, at the Blue Water Grill, Friday Harbor, $50 per ticket, RSVP to 3784738. • Saturday, March 8 at noon: Lunch and speaker, Lopez Community Church, 91 Lopez Road, $20 per ticket, RSVP to 468-2043. • Saturday, March 7 at 4 p.m.: Coffee and speaker, Mamie’s Boardwalk Café, Orcas Ferry Landing, donations appreciated, RSVP 376-2971. MICHELLE LOFTUS San Juan Island

Obituary:

Malene Rose Johnson

Malene Rose Johnson was born on April 24, 1976, and left this world peacefully in her sleep early Sunday, February 23, 2014. She leaves her parents Daryl and Becky Johnson, her two brothers Lars and Andreas Johnson, and grandmother Mabel Johnson. Malene also leaves numerous cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends. Malene grew up on Whatmough Head, Lopez Island and was homeschooled until 9th grade when she entered Lopez High School, graduating in 1994. Malene dedicated her life to helping others at an early age, volunteering as an EMT in high school. While attending Linfield College in McMinnville Oregon, Malene became a paramedic

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working with local Oregon community fire departments and EMS. After graduating from Linfield with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Malene worked for over a decade as an emergency room trauma nurse in Las Vegas Nevada, Oregon, California and most recently Anacortes, Washington. Malene is remembered for her generosity and kindness toward all living things. She was an accomplished equestrian, gymnast, fisherwoman, snowboarder, ice skater and chef extraordinaire. Her family is comforted by the fact that hundreds of families are with their loved ones today because of Malene’s excellent nursing skills and often heroic efforts in emergency situations.

Her beautiful, caring and passionate spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved her. A memorial service is planned for 1:45 Saturday, March 15, 2014 at the Lopez Island Community Center. Everyone is welcome. Potluck dishes appreciated.

Francis Anderson Fay

Francis Anderson Fay, born 21 May 1919 - died 19 Dec. 2013, age 94. Francis died peaceful-

ly at his home on Lopez Island. Francis suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease in recent years and was not able to keep up his social contacts but maintained his physical health and inimitable sense of humor. He kept his family laughing until the end. He was fortunate to be able to be cared for at home by his wife Nancy, with help from his daughters Elf and Deb and a wonderful team of local caregivers. Frances is sur vived by Nancy, his wife of 62 years, his three children, Jonathan, Deb and Elf and

his six grandchildren, Rush, Anne, Zoe, Robin, Molly and Jasper. He loved them all. His family is grateful for his long and eventful life and the many dear friends who enjoyed his companionship over the years.

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Campaigns for dueling gun initiatives on this year’s ballot could bring national attention to Washington state, and contribute to an ongoing debate about gun laws across the United States. Initiative 594 would enact statewide criminal background checks for all firearm transactions. That’s in direct conflict with Initiative 591, which would prohibit passage of any law expanding background checks unless a national standard is created. I-591 also prohibits confiscations of guns without due process. Both measures were given a public hearing this session, but it’s doubtful the Legislature will take further action, said Rep. Laurie Jinkins, D-Tacoma, head of the House committee that heard testimony on the initiatives. “No, I don’t think any-

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In a recent Gallup Poll released last month, America’s dissatisfaction with gun laws and the politics surrounding them increased from 50 percent to 55 percent, while satisfaction decreased from 47 percent to 40 percent. Last year, only five percent of Americans favored less strict gun-control laws, but that statistic has risen to 16 percent. In 2013, national efforts to mandate universal background checks were unsuccessful, but New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Colorado, passed their own laws for background checks on all sales. This year, eight states are considering similar legislation. C a m p a i g n Contributions The campaigns promise to draw a lot of attention and money, with a combined total of more than $2.2 million raised already. The Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility, which backs I-594, has raised about $1.5 million, more than twice the $717,000 raised by the Protect Our Gun Rights committee in support of I-591, according to the Public Disclosure

Commission. Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a coalition of mayors seeking to expand gun-control laws based in New York, donated $30,000 to the Yes on I-594, which has been the only significant out of state contribution. The organization was founded in 2006 by Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York City. Nicolas Hanauer, a Seattle-based venture capitalist, contributed $265,000, making him the largest donor to the Yes on I-594 campaign. Bill and Melinda Gates each added $25,000 in contributions as individuals. Most of the funding for the Yes on I-591 has come from in-state donors. The Gun Owners Action League, Washington Arms Collectors and Citizens Committee to Protect the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, pro-gun organizations based in the state, are the largest contributors to Yes on I-591. Together, they have donated more than $600,000. The previous record for money spent on a “yes” campaign in support of an initiative was more than $20 million on I-1183 to priva-

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tize liquor sales, set in 2011. Most of the financial support for the campaign came from Costco, which donated about $15 million. Todd Donovan, a Western Washington University professor of political science who studies elections, said it would be difficult to eclipse the previous fundraising record. He said it depends on whether grassroots organizations and politicalinterest groups decide to funnel their resources into Washington. What happens if they both pass? Washington state would be in a novel position if both measures pass. The state Constitution does not outline a process to follow in that situation. Donovan said when rival initiatives are on the same ballot, voters are more likely to reject both proposals, which is what happened in two previous elections when this situation occurred. In the 1993 election, there were conflicting initiatives, I-601 and I-602, on limiting state-revenue collection and spending. In 2005, provisions in two initiatives on medical-malpractice law were in direct opposition. I-330 was sponsored by doctors; I-336 was sponsored by lawyers. When the issue came up in 1993, Christine Gregoire, who was then state attorney general, issued an opinion regarding conflicting provisions. She said if both measures passed, the Legislature would have to act to resolve the differences. But if they did not, then the state Supreme Court would have find a new process to choose between conflicting provisions. Katie Blinn, director of legislative policy for the Secretary of State’s Office, said people have firm beliefs on an issue like gun control, and it’s likely voters will be decisive in picking one of the proposals over the other. She said the Legislature could try to reconcile the differences, but it would be difficult because there is little room to negotiate between two initiatives that take completely opposite positions. Sponsors could also challenge the legality of the measures, and if one of them was declared illegal, the remaining initiative would be accepted as law.


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ences (eighth grade and older), because of some of the content and language in the plays. This is Drama Coach Richard Carter’s 10th year putting on the One Act Play Festival, which he started. Coaches before him did mostly full length plays with the Drama Club. Carter says, “Doing many short plays instead of one long one can be more interesting and entertaining for the audience, but ultimately I chose one acts because students have such busy schedules that it’s much easier to rehearse only two to three actors at a time. Reservations are required for dinner and show, so call the Galley. The cost for both is $30. No reservations are necessary for show-only

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Chase Schober and Sarah Reeve in a scene from last year’s One Act Play Festival. admission; the entry fee is $5. The Galley staff will seat show-only audience just before performances begin. Come enjoy some food and laughter at the Galley.

MARCH SHOW

Opening Reception: Saturday, Mar. 8th, 5-7 pm

(Show runs through April 11th) Lopez Artists’ Cooperative

Guest Artists:

$165,000

Polly Ham

PEACEFUL ACREAGE

A nice combination of trees & sunny grasslands on 5 mid island AC comes w/ enjoyable territorial views across pastures & protected wetlands. Good water area. #238518

(Clay, Papier-Mache)

(360) 468-3344 • Toll free 866-468-3344 Friendly Isle Building in the Village

(Photography)

Website: http://www.wrelopez.com E-mail - wrehome@wrelopez.com • Member NWMLS

Steve Horn

Hours: Thu.-Sat. 10-5; Sun. 10-3 www.ChimeraGallery.com; (360) 468-3265

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Islands' Weekly, March 04, 2014  

March 04, 2014 edition of the Islands' Weekly

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